WYN AP CADWALADR, John (d.?1589), of Rhiwlas, Merion.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

1st s. of Cadwaladr ap Robert ap Rhys ap Maredudd of Rhiwlas by Jane, da. of Maredudd ap Ieuan ap Robert of Gwydir, Llanrhychwyn, Caern. m. Jane, da. and h. of Thomas ap Robert of Llwyn Dedwydd, Llangwm, Merion., 3s. inc. Cadwaladr Price 6da.

Offices Held

Escheator, Merion. 1564-5, j.p. from c.1573, sheriff 1576-7, 1585-6, dep. lt. 1587.


The family first became prominent through the favour shown by Henry VII towards this Member’s great-grandfather, following his support at Bosworth. Wyn’s grandfather was a chaplain to Henry VIII, and profited substantially from the dissolution of the religious house at Ysbyty Ifan. Further lands, belonging formerly to the abbey of Strata Marcella in Montgomeryshire, were acquired by Wyn’s father.

Although closely connected with three leading county families, Wyn himself is not known to have taken an active part in the political rivalries between the Salesburys, Nanneys and Owens. His social prominence, however, is clear, not only from the public offices he held in the shire, but from the respect with which he was regarded by the bards of that generation. The precise date of his death is not known, but a reference is made to his ‘late’ decease in November 1589.

Griffith, Peds. 247; DWB; Lansd. 35, f. 139; HMC Foljambe, 26; NLW, Cal. Deeds and Docs. i. 290; PRO, Cal. Ancient Deeds C146, C8400, 27 Eliz.; HMC Welsh, i. 187; ii. 196, 198, 615; APC, xviii. 206.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: H.G.O.